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PRESS & MEDIA KIT | PESC | Leading the Establishment & Adoption of Open Data Standards Across the Education Domain
PESC | ANNUAL BEST PRACTICES COMPETITION | Leading the Establishment & Adoption of Open, Trusted Data Standards Across the Education Domain

​​​​"The alliance between HR Open Standards & PESC allows us to coordinate standards development efforts, exchange knowledge, advance interoperability, and educate the community regarding standards, all of which benefit our members and the industry."

Kim Bartkus

Executive Director

HR Open Standards Consortium

​​​​​"PESC…a strong and influential

voice for promoting national and international standards to facilitate

postsecondary data exchange."

Ken Sauer, Ph.D., Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education​​

News & Press

Announcements, Newsletters & Applications

​“As the exchange of student data becomes digitized, we maintain our commitment to standards and join PESC in its mission to develop data standards in the education domain and to staying in the forefront of technological advancement.”​
Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert
President, Board of Directors, Association of International Credential Evaluators

​“Data standards, trusted source,

empowerment, mobility and its value

to students, education & employers

are the centerpieces of our work.”

Frank C. Cicio, Jr.

CEO and Founder

iQ4 Corporation

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​​​​​​​“The Chamber Foundation is excited

to join PESC and to contribute

toward the ongoing development

of data standards for education."

Jason A. Tyszko, Vice President

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Center for Education and Workforce

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PESC Distinguished Service Awards 2020:

DCC’s Joanne Duklas, Bardic System’s Alex Jackl, AACRAO’s Mike Reilly and Parchment’s Jason Weaver Honored with Distinguished Service Awards 2020


APRIL 27, 2020

HR Open Standards Awarded 1st Place in 21st Best Practices for "Recruiting Specification"


MARCH 9, 2020

COVID-19 Resources



USCCF's T3 Innovation Network Releases: "Public-Private Standards Development & Use by Government for the Talent Marketplace"


White House Releases "Interoperable Learning Records Landscape Inventory": ​Staff at the White House compiled this inventory to provide insight into the current landscape of interoperable learning records (ILRs) as of November 2019 (with no intention to update the inventory for subsequent periods).


NOVEMBER 26, 2019

A4L Community Announces New Partnership with HR Open Standards & Continued PESC Alignment


OCTOBER 17, 2019

HR Open Standards Announces Partnership with Access for Learning, PESC, US Chamber Foundation and other Organizations



US White House Issues: "White Paper on Interoperable Learning Records (ILR)" - Data Transparency Working Group, American Workforce Policy Advisory Board



PESC Distinguished Service Awards for 2019:

Digitary’s Simone Ravaioli, EducationPlannerBC’s Cathy van Soest, GDN’s Herman de Leeuw, University of Phoenix’s Monterey Sims Honored with PESC Distinguished Services Awards 2019

JULY 26, 2019

PESC Global Education Organization (GEO) Code Featured in The PIE News

JULY 14, 2019

PESC & AACRAO SPEEDE The Next Big Jump in Techology & Standards Featured in AACRAO Connect

JULY 18, 2019

Lumina Foundation Joins PESC as Member

MAY 13, 2019

​Parchment Announces Support for PESC GEO Code

MAY 3, 2019

The Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) Awarded 1st Place Winner in PESC's 20th Year Anniversary Best Practices Competition for MyTranscripts | Nova Scotia's Electronic Transcript & Data Exchange System

MARCH 8, 2019

PESC Compliant JSON v 1.0 and XML Request & Response v 1.0 Released as PESC Approved Standards

MARCH 7, 2019

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Joins PESC as Member

AUGUST 8, 2018

Standards Bodies United: The Open Standards Network For Lifelong Learning | A PESC Proposal to Enable Harmonization Across Education and Employment to Streamline Future Development, Approval and Maintenance of Open Data Standards, Resources and Tools

JUNE 5, 2018

PESC Presentation to ARUCC on EdExchange

APRIL 30, 2018

Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) Wins 1st Place in PESC 19th Annual Best Practices Competition 2018 for One State, Two Initiatives:  Indiana's Embrace of e-Transcripts and Credential Engine

APRIL 3, 2018

T3 Innovation Network: US Chamber of Commerce Foundation & Lumina Foundation Join Forces: Exploring Web 3.0 Technology Applications in the Talent Marketplace - Featured Panel at Spring 2018 Data Summit

FEBRUARY 28, 2018
PESC Meets ORA & Signs Bologna Open Recognition Declaration

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Access 4 Learning and PESC Join Forces on JSON Strategy

JANUARY 16, 2018
INTEROP2018 | Coordinating PESC Services & Technology | San Francisco

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

ARUCC Honored with PESC 20th Year Anniversary Distinguished Service Award

AUGUST 14, 2017

HR Open Standards & PESC Form Historic Partnership to Advance Interoperability Across Education & HR Sectors 

​​​​​​APRIL 17, 2017

iQ4 & National Student Clearinghouse Win 1st Place in PESC 18th Annual Best Practices Competition

MARCH 31, 2017

Common XML Credential for Certificates, Degrees & Diplomas v 1.0 Ratified as PESC Approved Standard

FEBRUARY 14, 2017
PESC To Launch Task Force on JSON Technology


​​​​"Systems must be designed to meet the standards and guidelines of NCES…

including the schemas of PESC."

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant RFA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009

Global Single Institution Identifier Code List Directory
The Standard | Spring 2019 | News and Commentary on Technology and Standards in Education from PESC
Canadian PESC User Group


Created in 1998, eXtensible Markup Language or XML, a specification used in software to define the content of an electronic document, has become widely used in business-to-business transactions. Whether sending data over the web or between applications, XML can be used to transmit both text and the meaning of that text. 

XML quickly became popular as by this time programming was no longer bound by file size restrictions.  With XML being more easily programmable and more verbose (human readable), PESC launched a study group to analyze and recommend to the PESC Board of Directors what steps PESC should take with regard to XML.

In response, the Board Response to the XML White Paper recommended the establishment of a permanent group to address XML development.  On August 4, 2002, PESC launched the Standards Forum for the Education Community.

PESC Application and Agreement for Membership 2017
The Standard | Spring 2018 | News and Commentary on Technology and Standards in Education from PESC

“The Nova Scotia Council on Admission and Transfer (NSCAT) is excited to become

a PESC Member.  We are happy

to support development of the standards

that are key to our success.” 

Ruth Blades

Operations Manager

Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer

EdExchange Student And Education Data Exchange
The Standard | Spring 2019 | News and Commentary on Technology and Standards in Education from PESC
Application and Agreement for PESC Sponsors 2017

Our History

​“Lumina Foundation believes that data standards are an essential aspect for improving data quality, transparency, and interoperability

on competencies and credentials for students, employers, and institutions. We are proud to join the data standards community & support efforts that allow systems to connect data together to ensure the ability of students to pursue further education and employment.”

Amber Garrison Duncan

Strategy Director

Lumina Foundation

Media/Press Kit


In the early 1990's the Standardization of Postsecondary Electronic Education Data Exchange (SPEEDE) Committee of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education worked together to develop the first electronic standards in higher education for processing transcripts, which was developed in an existing technology called Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

With the successful launch and implementation of an EDI transcript standard, other data exchange processes were developed in EDI as well, including admissions and test score reporting.  Note;  While use of EDI grew and continues to be implemented in the registrar and admissions communities, for a number of reasons including programming complexities, the financial aid community did not adopt and implement EDI but works now in XML.

The EDI standards were originally developed under the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the most current version of the EDI suite of transactions is version 4, published in April 1998 and based on X12 Version Release 4010.  These standards, however, are no longer maintained under ANSI as the community has agreed to work under PESC as education's standards-setting body, thereby  making ANSI's role obsolete.  PESC's Education Record User Group, established in 2008 to govern the development and support of all admissions and registrars standards, now also governs all EDI standards and all EDI standards are now considered PESC Approved Standards.

Around 2000, admissions, financial aid, and registrar communities also began developing standards in a new technology called eXtensible Markup Language (XML) under PESC.  The launch and use of XML does not mean that use of EDI is obsolete.  In choosing which technology to use EDI or XML, organizations must determine the capabilities of the organization with which they exchange data and perform a number of analyses including cost benefit and strategic.

Note:  The Statistical Networking Applications Project (SNAP) has published a comprehensive implemetation guide for data exchange between and among PK-12 schools/districts and colleges and universities.  These two editions are fully compatible.


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​​​​"PESC is the platform for innovative,

problem-solving dialogue, which

results in functional standards,

based on real-world business models."​

Anne Valentine

President & CEO


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